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NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 4.9 5 16 16
Available light photographers standard lens, consistent quality If you are looking for a fast, light weight, compact, affordable normal lens (FX format) for available light photography, this is the one to get. Although it is a manual focus lens, it has transitioned beautifully from my Nikon F3 to my D600 and D800. With this lens on my camera I am never afraid of the dark. It has the speed to enable making photos under very dim available light situations. It has long been my standard lens for available light photography indoors and outdoors at night. Since about 1968, I have owned a number of these lenses of various vintages, some dating to about 1963. I like the latest version the best because it is the most compact of them all. The remarkable thing about all of them has been their consistently excellent image quality. That says a lot about Nikon quality control. I find the image quality is better, on-axis, than most modern zoom lenses. However, the off-axis image quality is a bit softer, in comparison. This seems to be due to curvature of field, which can be compensated for by focusing off-axis, should the situation permit. This lens does not work well for close-up work. No general purpose fast lens is designed for that. You should be using a macro lens well stopped-down for such work. February 1, 2015
Abosultely wonderful This is by far the best 50mm prime lens i have ever had the pleasure of using. The color rendition is beautiful, and the low light performance is stellar. March 21, 2013
Low light lens. This lens is a must for taking indoor shots without flash.Good portrait and general photo lens.High quality metal construction unlike the cheap plastic AF lenses made today.Nikon should add the 180mm f/2.8 ed manual focus ais to their lineup. November 24, 2011
Great lens Good general use lens. Took some great portraits of my daughters. One pretty sweet lens. November 8, 2011
Excellent optic This lens has the most delightful boket, out of focus qualities. It is a very sharp lens edge to edge and delightful for close in shots of objects with distracting backgrounds which it leaves creamy soft. April 20, 2011
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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D7000?

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Yes I've been using it on my D7000 for a couple of weeks now and it works perfectly.
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works well with this lens
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Sure, the D7000 can use "AI" series Nikkor lenses including this one.
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does this lens go with nikon d-60?

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I wouldn't use this lens because it does not meter on the D60.
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It works only in manual focus mode.
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Lens compatiable

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Is this lens compatiable with the D5000
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Here's a great article that explains which NIKKOR lenses are compatible with which types of Nikon cameras: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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Yes it is compatable but will be manual focus only.
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Which hood can I use for this lens?

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Nikon HS-9 snap on metal or HR-1 rubber hood.
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This lens doesn't use a hood.
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It came with a second hand FM. It may be at least 30 years old.
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Tiny black spots seen through the viewfinder are most likely dust specs on the focus screen inside the top of camera itself. Take a blower of some sort and blow into the top of your SLR and you will (hopefully) blow the dust out and see no more spots. It may take a couple of tries before it's cleaned out completely and may need to have a professional cleaning . Fortunately, spots on the focus screen are just ugly and have no bearing at all on images that come from your camera. Now, if you see black spots on your images THEN you have dust on your lens that needs to be taken care of and that is a very simple task.
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Dust is common inside a lens and can be ignored.
Fungus can be a problem . take the lens to a camera shop and let them take a look.
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does it work on a nikon d90?

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Will this lens work on a Nikon D3000?

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Yes it is, it is a manual focus lens.
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Discouraging sounds

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Hi!
I have an old Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens attached to my new D7000.
It makes a rather uncomfortable sound when shooting photos. (I wanted to attach a video but couldn't record the sound properly.) I tried attaching other old lenses and they sound just fine.
Also, shooting with this lens causes unusual vibrations in the lens. It feels almost as if the lens has a mirror of its own. (These vibrations and sound do not occur when the lens is attached to an old Nikon FE body).
The lens hasn't been used for quite some time, surely more than 15 years.

Is this normal? I am afraid to shoot with the lens because I'm scared it might damage the camera.
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Please contact Nikon support in Croatia for assistance with your issue.
http://www.nikon.com/network/europe...
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does it work with nikon D5100?

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Ive been trying it with my nikon D5100 on manual mode but the it does not indicate the F--....( F 1.4) ON THE SCREEN!! and image is black ..the integrated flash doesnt work with it. i need help please
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You need to set the aperture ring on the lens to F/16 and adjust the aperture with the camera.
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lightmeter

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i have this lens with the D5100 . but why in lightmeter in LCD doesn't work ? but manual focus on lens has good work . i can;t shoot with the based on lightmeter to a good photo
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Metering is not available when using non-CPU lenses like this NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 on the D5100. Please see page 199 of the D5100 manual for more information on which features are available when using compatible non-CPU lenses. A copy of the D5100 manual can be downloaded from here:https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an....
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